For the ninth consecutive year, Hope College has been named one of the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in West Michigan.

The competition is a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA).  Hope and the region’s other 2014 winners will be recognized during the “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” annual workforce symposium and awards program on Thursday, May 8, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories.  They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance; and the Best of the Best Small Business.

The winners represent industries as diverse as the automotive, insurance, hospitality, communications and nonprofit sectors.  They were chosen for practicing innovative strategies and representing best practices in human resources.

The winning 101 companies also vie for 11 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The award winners will be announced during the luncheon.

Sponsors of the “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” include “Grand Rapids Business Journal,” WOOD Radio, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, The Employers’ Association, DTE Energy, Staples, Davenport University, McGraw Wentworth, SpartanNash and Baudville.

The “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” recognition is presented annually in several markets: Metro Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, West Michigan and nationally.  Nominations are now being accepted for 2015, and applications are available at

The mission of the MBPA, which is based in Warren, is to provide exceptional member service, on-going education, advocacy and business solutions for small and medium sized businesses in Michigan.  Additional information is available online at